bootleg

noun
boot·​leg | \ ˈbüt-ˌleg How to pronounce bootleg (audio) , -ˌlāg \

Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper part of a boot
2 : something bootlegged: such as
a : moonshine
b : an unauthorized audio or video recording
3 : a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out — compare draw entry 2 sense 8

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging; bootlegs

Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally
b : to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally
2a : to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization
b : smuggle

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in bootlegging
2 : to run a bootleg play in football

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Other Words from bootleg

Noun

bootleg adjective

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

Noun She was arrested for selling bootlegs online. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence Verb He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hemingway, at the end of his life, was losing young readers, mostly to their bootleg copies of Henry Miller. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, 7 Sep. 2021 Some even laid out tables of bootleg Kanye T-shirts, caps and sweatshirts with his name and face on them. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 His first pass of the day in 11 on 11 was a bootleg that Stafford threw right into the hands of Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady. Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 The bootleg fire in Oregon is now the nation's largest fire and has burned more than 400,000 acres, according to the federal tracking site InciWeb. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 The drive picked up rhythm with a screen pass to running back Joe Mixon, and Burrow kept the momentum with a bootleg run to the left side of the field. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Frustrated with their inability to watch the fight on Showtime, some viewers turned to a bootleg stream of the matchup posted on social-media website Reddit. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 7 June 2021 During this social activity (hanging out drinking, playing cards, eating and chatting), my parents were given bootleg VHS tapes as gifts from their fellow Vietnamese refugee buddies who were also finding their footing in a new country. Thuc Nguyen, refinery29.com, 21 May 2021 Seeing the shiny new HD transfer of this show a few years ago, after more than a quarter century of experiencing it via tube TVs, DVDs, and bootleg downloads, was thoroughly mind-blowing. John Maher And Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the same time, Olson and his bootlegging compatriots entered town and were warned of the marshals’ movements. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2020 But can watching bootlegged or pirated video on the internet get viewers into trouble, too? Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2019 It has rarely been screened in theaters and never released for home video, but it has been widely bootlegged. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2019 Most of their neighbors were inside tents, playing video games or watching movies on their cellphones, electricity bootlegged from a city utility box. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2019 But the extras still include a wealth of alternate early takes and demos that have mostly never been released or bootlegged before. Chris Willman, chicagotribune.com, 8 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, today’s nationalists are happy to demonize a China that bootlegs Mickey Mouse but are silent about the very same China that rounds up internal enemies and puts them in concentration camps. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, 26 June 2019 There was also talk that O’Hara’s mill businesses in Fall River were actually fronts to launder money from bootlegging operations along the New Bedford-Fall River coastline. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, 9 June 2017 Newton got the linebackers and safeties to freeze on a fake to Jonathan Stewart, bootlegged to his left and dropped a pass to a wide-open Dickson, who rumbled for 57 yards before again being dragged down inside the 10. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bootleg

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of bootleg was in 1634

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13 Sep 2021

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“Bootleg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bootleg. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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bootleg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance
: alcohol that is made or sold illegally

bootleg

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

: to illegally copy (a video, CD, etc.) or illegally record (a live performance)
: to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally

bootleg

noun
boot·​leg

Legal Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something bootlegged

Other Words from bootleg

bootleg adjective

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging

Legal Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license
2 : smuggle — compare pirate

intransitive verb

: to engage in bootlegging

Other Words from bootleg

bootlegger noun

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